Bowling goes on as club raises cash
AN Angus bowling club is vowing to play on, despite the discovery of asbestos in its roof space.
Arbroath and District Indoor Bowling Club is working with Angus Council to get funds to remove the substance and replace its ceiling. However, members have been assured there is no immediate danger and play will continue while the committee makes plans to begin work at the end of the 2018-19 season.
It is thought removing the asbestos could cost as much as £60,000, with repairing or replacing the internal ceiling likely to add thousands more to the bill.
Club president Lynn Kinnear said air tests had been conducted at the premises in Cairnie Road and the building had been deemed safe for members and visitors. The asbestos was found by a contractor and the roof space has since been sealed up.
Mr Kinnear said: “We’ve had to get firms to come in and give us a quote but we still don’t have the number of estimates we require.
“The ceiling has to come down and it will require a new ceiling and any associated work with that and electrics. That is the other estimate we are waiting on.
“Air tests were conducted and there is no trace of asbestos in the playing area, recreational area or office. Everything continues to work as normal and the building is absolutely safe.”
Mr Kinnear said funds would have to be found to pay for the work but members were now focusing on the end of the 2018-19 season.
Arbroath East and Lunan Conservative councillor Derek Wann said: “Arbroath Indoor Bowling Club is more than just an indoor bowling arena.
“It’s actually a community where people come to meet and blether, have lunch and the odd pint. They have 10 employees — full and part-time — and the club is a really important part of the community.”